What it is and how it works: This course is the equivalent of high-impact aerobics for your rig. It's approximately 200 feet of mind-boggling misery that kicks off with strategically placed boulders, graduates to water and dirt, and concludes with its signature feature: logs placed perpendicular to the direction of travel over a deep water- and mud-filled abyss. Competitors are given 10 minutes to complete the course. Penalties in the form of seconds are assessed for infractions such as winching, hitting a marker cone, and so on. This year all the rigs that crossed the finish line were on the end of a cable.
"Reminds me of my driveway in the springtime."
"I thought I had it nailed. I don't think anyone has been through there without winching in what, 3 or 4 years? I thought this could've been the year."
"I'm still sweating from that one. That was awesome, just plain awesome."
"That was my first time on rocks and I gave it my best shot. That's all I can do."
"Them danged 'ol rocks are bigger than we thought."
Fink's TJ: Couldn't find the magic line through the boulders. Tried powering through and bent both framerails after violently colliding with the rocks. Ended up out-of-bounds. Damaged an oil cooler line.
George's Bronco: Fast run through the course. Hit the logs at full speed in an attempt to jump over as many as possible, but took a bad bounce and went out of bounds.
Hadden's S-10: Damaged the body while blasting through the boulders. Got stuck in the logs. New winch rope wasn't tight on the drum, so the winch took a fair amount of time to pull the rope tight.
Johnson's K3500: While attempting to set up for a pivot maneuver in the boulders, it rolled onto the passenger side. The team chose to end their run.
Langford's Bronco: Got stuck in the boulders and almost rolled. After eight minutes, the rig was stuck sideways in the rocks with damaged shocks and a bent steering ram. Chose to end their run.
McGilton's K1500: Crawled the boulders with the left front Bogger high in the air. Tried to power through the logs but got stuck partially sideways.
Miller's Sonoma: Codriver stacked rocks to help the locker-less rig clear the boulders. Got stuck in the logs and eventually timed out.
Rhodes' D-100: Slow and methodical until reaching the logs, and then a huge burst of power resulting in big air. Team spooled out the winch cable beforehand and it got tangled up during the run, costing valuable time.
Thorson's TJ: Fastest run of the day. Slammed into the logs so hard that the driver bent the steering wheel and the rear end lifted skyward. Good teamwork resulted in a fast winch over the finish line.
Wells' M135A: Made it through the boulders without much drama. Tried to crawl the logs but got stuck. Quick winch work earned a Third place finish.
|RESULTS (time or finishing order if DNF)|
|1 Thorson's TJ||2 min. 54sec.|
|2 Hadden's S-10||2 min. 59 sec.|
|3 Wells' M135A||5 min. 40 sec.|
|4 Rhodes' D-100||6 min. 37 sec.|
|5 McGilton's K1500||7 min. 22 sec.|
|6 George's Bronco||DNF|
|7 Miller's Sonoma||DNF|
|8 Fink's TJ||DNF|
|9 Langford's Bronco||DNF|
|J Johnson's K3500||DNF |